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Kentucky State Parks Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Special Events

Wednesday, 01 22, 2014

Gil Lawson,
502-564-4270, ext 168
gil.lawson@ky.gov

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Looking for that perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Consider a Kentucky State Park. Many parks are offering special events and packages in February to help celebrate Valentine’s Day.

 

State parks provide a great place for a getaway weekend along with excellent food, entertainment, natural beauty and scenery. Listed below are the parks with Valentine’s packages and programs and the park phone number. For more information about each park, as well as other state park events, visit www.parks.ky.gov

 

Here is a listing of special events:

 

Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas

Honeymooners Weekend, Feb. 14-16

Barren River Lake State Resort Park invites you to its annual Honeymooners’ Weekend.  You don’t have to be on your honeymoon to enjoy these festivities, so bring your special someone for a fun, romantic weekend getaway. Friday night is costume karaoke night with an ’80s theme!  Dress up as your favorite ’80s singer or ’80s group, and party like a rock star! Saturday afternoon will feature the “Not-so-Newly Wed Game.”  Saturday night, sit down in the Driftwood Restaurant and enjoy a delicious prime rib dinner. Then dance to your favorite songs provided by DJ Cindy Cossey. Dinner and dance is $79.95 a couple. Several packages are available, including the Saturday Night Lodge Package for $154 (plus tax, tip, and resort fee) that includes one night in a lodge room, Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, and dance for two Saturday night. Another favorite is the Two Night Lodging Package for $270 (plus tax, tip, and resort fee). It includes two nights in a lodge room, Friday and Saturday dinner, Saturday and Sunday breakfast, karaoke, and dance for two.  Call 1-800-325-0057.

 

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet

Dinner Comedy Show, Feb. 14-15

The Fantastical Theatricals present “The Golden Galz Throw Mama Off the Guest List.” This comedy will keep you laughing. Seating starts at 6:30 p.m. both nights. The buffet dinner and show are $37.04 per person. An overnight package that includes a lodge room, dinner, and show is $126.08 for two. Call 1-800-443-7008 for reservations.

 

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn

Sweetheart’s Weekend, Feb. 14-16

Spend time with your sweetheart in this cozy and tranquil mountain retreat. Dine on a special buffet and spend the night overlooking a mountain vista on Friday, Feb. 14. Special Sweetheart dinner entrees offered Saturday and Sunday. Lodge rooms $50 a night. Call 1-800-325-0058.

 

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill

“The Topic is Love” Dinner Theater, Feb. 14-15

Enjoy a nice buffet-style dinner, followed by a special performance from the Fantastical Theatricals. It will be an evening of funny songs and short comedy plays about romance and its joys and foibles, from young love all the way to romance for the age-advanced! The show starts at 7 p.m. both nights. Seating begins at 6:45 p.m. Tickets for dinner and show are $34.95 plus tax per person. The park is also offering a package that includes the dinner, show and an overnight stay in Lewis Caveland Lodge for $131.95 plus tax for two people. Call 1-800-325-0059.

 

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin

Romantic Getaway, Feb. 14-15

Bring your special someone for a night of entertainment and relaxation. On Friday evening, Fantastical Theatricals will entertain with an interactive murder mystery theater!  Starts at 8 p.m. Packages include Friday night lodge room, dinner for two, mystery theater and Saturday breakfast for $176 plus tax. Dinner and show only is $38.50 per person. Call 1-800-325-0063.

 

E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park, Louisville

Sweetheart Wreath Workshop, Feb. 8

Why buy a Valentine’s Day wreath when you can make your own from natural materials found around the park? Let our park naturalist show you how to take invasive honeysuckle vines and turn them into a piece of art you will treasure forever! The park will provide all materials needed to create the wreaths, but you can bring anything you'd like to add to it. Workshop is in the activities building from 1-3 p.m. The fee is $10 per couple or $7 for individuals. Registration required, call 502-429-7270 to reserve your spot!

 

E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park's Sweethearts Hike, Feb. 9

Bring your sweetheart on this guided hike through E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park from 12:30-2:30 p.m. We will be looking for signs of wildlife around the park as we stroll down the Goose Creek Nature Trail and other trails around the park.  Bring your binoculars, as we will be looking for whitetail deer, various species of birds, and whatever else may cross our path. The fee is $5 per couple or $3 for singles. Meet at the Sawyer-Hayes Community Center. No need to register, but you can call us at 502-429-7270 to learn more!

 

General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton

Lucy and Ricky Tribute Show, Feb. 15

Visit General Butler State Resort Park for a musical comedy based on the “I Love Lucy Show.” Melody Knighton plays Lucy and Luis Hernandez is Ricky in this tribute to Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The dinner show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for dinner and the show are $40 a person plus tax. A one-night lodging package that includes a lodge room Saturday night, the dinner and show and Sunday breakfast is available for $165.95 per couple. Call the park at 1-866-462-8853.

 

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg

Valentine’s Day Dinner and Sweetheart Package, Feb. 14

Visit Jenny Wiley State Resort Park for a Valentine’s Day Dinner Feb. 14 from 4-9 p.m. Choose two entrees from catfish, sirloin, pork chop or chicken breast, a side item and soup and salad bar for $25 for two. Enjoy candlelight dinner with live entertainment. The park is also offering a lodging package that includes the dinner for two, a lodge room, breakfast and chocolate covered strawberries for $99.99 per couple. Call 1-800-325-0142 for reservations.

 

Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora

Valentine’s Day Getaway, Feb. 14

Enjoy a ribeye dinner for two for $18.99 plus tax and drink. Piano music will be provided. The park is also offering a lodge room for one night and the dinner for two for $69.95. A one-bedroom cottage and dinner is $99.95 per couple. These offers are for Feb. 14 only. Call 1-800-325-0143.

 

Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz

Sweetheart Dance, Feb. 14

Enjoy a dinner and dance with the one you love! Lake Barkley is offering a prime rib and shrimp buffet. The band “Top Tier” will perform for the dance. Dinner and dance package is $120 a couple. Guests must be 21 and over. A lodging package that includes the dinner, Saturday breakfast, dance and a lodge room Friday night is $205 a couple. Call 1-800-325-1708.

 

Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade

Valentine’s Square Dance, Feb. 15

Bring your sweetheart out for some very fun square dancing, line dancing, and more! The warm-up begins at 6:30 p.m., and the regular dance begins at 7:30 p.m. The dance typically lasts until 10 p.m. The cost is $3 per person and ages 12 and under are free. Call 1-800-325-1710.

 

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs

Valentine’s Getaway, Feb. 14-15

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is offering a Valentine’s Getaway package for $99.95 plus tax. It includes one night’s lodging, the “Not-so-Newly Wed Game,” dinner for two on Friday, romantic music and dance floor during dinner, a continental breakfast and a couples hike Saturday morning. A lodging discount is also available for a second night’s lodging. Call 1-800-325-1711.

 

Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville

Valentine Hikes Feb. 14-15

Looking for something different to do on Valentine’s Day? Bring your sweetheart and join park interpreter Beth Byrnes on a hike at Pine Mountain State Resort Park. On Friday, Feb. 14, hike to the park’s largest waterfall, Honeymoon Falls, or take a stroll along the Clear Creek Hollow Trail. On Saturday, Feb. 15, get up early and hike to Chained Rock with your Valentine to watch the sunrise or hike through the magnificent Hemlock Garden. Participants should wear appropriate hiking shoes and clothing.  For more information, contact Beth Byrnes at (606) 337-3066 or email Beth.Byrnes@ky.gov.  

Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough

Sweetheart Weekend, Feb. 14-16

Join us at Rough River Dam State Resort Park for a romantic getaway package including: two nights lodging, Friday evening karaoke, couple’s Valentine activities, Saturday evening prime rib buffet, Sweetheart Dance Saturday night, Saturday and Sunday morning breakfast. The cost is $259 plus tax per couple. Saturday night dinner and dance only packages are available for $89 plus tax per couple. Reservations are requested due to limited space. Call 1-800-325-1713.

 

 

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The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov